Back in mid December, Jones County Junior College (MS) hired Ray Perkins as their new head coach.
Perkins head coaching resume includes experience as the head coach of the New York Giants, Alabama, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 80's and his coaching tree includes guys like Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel and Bill Parcells.
At 70 years old (and 20 years removed from his last head coaching gig), Perkins says that the status of a job is no longer important to him. He is looking forward to learning from his players just as much he is looking forward to coaching them up. Besides, the JUCO level allows him the time to keep his life in balance and fit in an occasional round of golf.
"It gives me an opportunity to have a little meaning, to hopefully teach something to these young people and also learn some things from them as well. These are two or three of the most important years in their life. The passion I've had for football has never wavered, so I really jumped at this chance."
Perkins has also gotten up to speed on what's important to his players by having young daughters, ages 14 and 8, who love to text.
"That's all those girls do...especially the 14-year-old. And that's all my players do. So it's been good practice."